Tottenham fans believe Roberto Firmino should have had his goal disallowed
Tottenham Hotspur fans believe that VAR should have ruled out Liverpool’s last-minute winner scored by Roberto Firmino.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for the hosts through a deflected shot in the 26th minute. Son Heung-min equalised 7 minutes later before Steven Bergwijn came within an inch of giving Spurs the lead.
The game seemed to fizzle out in the last 20 minutes, but there was enough time for Roberto Firmino to head in a 90th-minute winner from an Andy Robertson corner.
However, Tottenham fans sensed something was amiss. A Tottenham player seemed to go down a few seconds before the Brazilian leapt to head the ball in.
Spurs fans were left incensed after they spotted a ‘foul’ on Eric Dier by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
Henderson seemed to trip Dier as he made his run into the 6-yard box. The goal was checked by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) but was allowed to stand after a check was complete.
The incident did not escape the eye of the Spurs fans, who took to Twitter to question the legitimacy of Firmino’s winner.
Forget VAR, even TV broadcaster didn’t show this as they preferred to show Firmino’s celebration. pic.twitter.com/zSYfmfLKim
— Ankit (@Ankit_THFC) December 16, 2020
How about Henderson's foul on Dier when Firmino scored. Where were VAR at that "goal"
— Gunnar A (@GAlmklov) December 17, 2020
Was soft, but it was a foul IMO. The reason I say that is it was not an accidental coming together as happens on corners, if you watch it, you can clearly see Henderson shoves into Dier with the intent of stopping following his man.
— Tottenham Till I Die (@THFC_Thoughts) December 17, 2020
Dier has Firminho, Henderson gives Dier an elbow in the back, Firminho is clear through unmarked.
VAR: "we not gonna look at that" pic.twitter.com/EpJzzAqd0o
— Harry ۞ (@thfc_hb) December 16, 2020
Jordan Henderson illegally pushed Eric Dier on that corner so Fabinho’s goal should not have stood on VAR…simples‼️ https://t.co/6vqFY069Ks
— rupertwest (@rupertwest3) December 16, 2020
and henderson fouled dier at the corner, so should have been disallowed
— Andrea Blackwell (@andreaspur) December 16, 2020
VAR was on hand to deny Liverpool a penalty when Mohamed Salah forced Eric Dier’s arm towards the ball. The 4th referee was also involved when Son Heung-min’s equaliser was checked for offside.
However, Spurs fans feel that VAR should have been on hand to rule out Liverpool’s last-minute winner.
The result sees Tottenham move down to second, allowing the Reds to leapfrog them in the table. Spurs now trail the new league leaders by 3 points.
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Jose Mourinho’s men now face 4th-placed Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday. The Foxes are just one point behind Spurs before the showdown in London.